Yukon Territory, Canada, is the smallest in both size and population of Canada's three territories. Yukon is located northwest of Canada, above British Columbia and next to Alaska. Many people visit the Yukon for the same reasons that they visit Alaska -- for the nature, the mountains, the lakes, the glaciers, the wildlife, and the adventure sports. Many people go skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, white water rafting, canoeing, hiking, and dog sledding. It is possible to see moose, elk, caribou, deer, bison, mountain goat, foxes, or lynx; you can also go bird watching. Many tourists visit the Yukon in hopes to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, more commonly called the Northern Lights. Sparsely populated places like the Yukon are excellent places for viewing the Aurora, as the is little light pollution, which makes it easier to view the night sky. The best time to see the Northern Lights is in the autumn and the winter.
Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon and is also its only city. As Whitehorse is such a small city, with around twenty-five thousand people, there are limited Yukon Territory, Canada hostel options here. Be sure to book your Yukon Territory, Canada hostel in advance so that you have an affordable place to stay. Yukon Territory, Canada hostel options include Whitehorse and the small town Dawson City, which is located on the Yukon River, north of Whitehorse and close to the border to Alaska.
The climate in the Yukon is subarctic, with long cold winters and short summers. Like other subarctic and arctic regions, in the summer the sun does not set and in the winter the days are brief. The historical reason that drew European settlers to the Yukon to live and work was the mining industry. In the late nineteenth century, the Yukon was split from the Northwest Territories due to the population increase stemming from the Gold Rush. A large percentage of the Yukon population is considered to be part of the Canadian First Nations. There are plenty of museums and cultural centres to share the history and traditions of these Aboriginal peoples. Many local First Nations artists sell traditional Aboriginal art and moccasins in the gift shops.
The Yukon is something of an adventurer's paradise; its tourism motto is "Larger than Life." The pristine and rugged natural vistas are what make this little-known Canadian region a must-visit. Book your Yukon Territory, Canada hostel and visit now. You won't regret it!
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Whitehorse is a great city for the outdoor enthusiast. Make sure you take a dip in the Takhini Hot Springs. If you're looking for nightlife though, look elsewhere.
I love Dawson City. Its so far away from everything but when arriving it feels right at home. Its small with only maybe 2000 people but full of stuff to do and with more bars and saloons than any other place with only that few people. especially the music festival in mid July is worth the trip (make sure you have a …